Chief Justice Francis Korkpor Chief Justice Francis Korkpor

To Reduce Rape Cases - Chief Justice Wants More Courts Established

Monrovia, Liberia - The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia has called on the Government of Liberia (GoL) headed by President George Manneh Weahto help establish more Criminal Court "E" around the 15 counties to reduce rape and all forms of gender and sexual based violence (SGBV).

Speaking at the closing of the March A.D. 2020 Term of the Supreme Court recently, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, said that if the financial resources are made available by the government, these courts can be established in various counties to help fight rape.

"We will ask the government for help to speed up the establishment of these courts since rape is a serious issue that we are facing daily. They are so concerned about rape and we are also concerned about rape,” he said.

He added that some of the victims lost their lives and some are unhappy , and therefore, this act should not continue in a civilize society.

"It is so saddened to see that men or boys will go and rape women or girls, as young as three years old. This is a major issue that needs quick redress,” Chief Justice Kporkpor asserted.

"I see that today there is a dialogue going between women groups, international groups and NGOs, even at the level of the Legislature including the Executive (President) all because of this evil and devilish acted," he pointed out.

He mentioned that the Judiciary cannot speak on issue like the Executive and the Legislative Branches of government, but they are in the position to make decision as a Judges who pass judgment of the crimes.

At the same time, Chief Justice frowned at the Communication that was directly to the Criminal Court 'E' Judge Serena Garlawolu from the Legislative Branch of Government, noting such communication should have been addressed to him first.

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